Apple CEO Tim Cook is one of eight finalists in the running to be Time’s Person of the Year. The magazine announced its short list earlier today.
Time mentioned Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch. Cook also became the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
The other seven finalists are the Ferguson, Mo. protestors, the Ebola caregivers, Russian President Vladimir Putin, recording artist Taylor Swift, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, Iraqi Kurdish region acting president Masoud Barzani, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs will unveil the magazine’s Person of the Year on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday.
In 2012, Cook was named as the Person of the Year second runner-up after leading the company into a new era after the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. President Obama won the award that year.
Last year, Pope Francis received the honor. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg nabbed the award in 2010.
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